Two Look At Two Poem by Robert Frost

Two Look At Two

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Love and forgetting might have carried them
A little further up the mountain side
With night so near, but not much further up.
They must have halted soon in any case
With thoughts of a path back, how rough it was
With rock and washout, and unsafe in darkness;
When they were halted by a tumbled wall
With barbed-wire binding. They stood facing this,
Spending what onward impulse they still had
In One last look the way they must not go,
On up the failing path, where, if a stone
Or earthslide moved at night, it moved itself;
No footstep moved it. 'This is all,' they sighed,
Good-night to woods.' But not so; there was more.
A doe from round a spruce stood looking at them
Across the wall, as near the wall as they.
She saw them in their field, they her in hers.
The difficulty of seeing what stood still,
Like some up-ended boulder split in two,
Was in her clouded eyes; they saw no fear there.
She seemed to think that two thus they were safe.
Then, as if they were something that, though strange,
She could not trouble her mind with too long,
She sighed and passed unscared along the wall.
'This, then, is all. What more is there to ask?'
But no, not yet. A snort to bid them wait.
A buck from round the spruce stood looking at them
Across the wall as near the wall as they.
This was an antlered buck of lusty nostril,
Not the same doe come back into her place.
He viewed them quizzically with jerks of head,
As if to ask, 'Why don't you make some motion?
Or give some sign of life? Because you can't.
I doubt if you're as living as you look."
Thus till he had them almost feeling dared
To stretch a proffering hand -- and a spell-breaking.
Then he too passed unscared along the wall.
Two had seen two, whichever side you spoke from.
'This must be all.' It was all. Still they stood,
A great wave from it going over them,
As if the earth in one unlooked-for favour
Had made them certain earth returned their love.

Sheila Mcclennon 09 August 2013

this is my favourite Frost poem which I fell in love with at school. i love its symmetry, the stillness on the mountain as the light fades and the fragility of the moment he captures. just lovely

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Tinaya 31 October 2020

Especially liked the snort

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Jessica Ejikeme 17 June 2019

I really enjoy the poem full of love

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Danielle 12 April 2019

This Poem is very inspirational for anybody.All of Robert Frosts poems show a different side of love and happiness they all talk about a different journey in which is not just a journey but a story.I am only 11 and even I have absolutely fallen in love with Robert frosts poems.

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David Tatgenhorst 07 August 2016

Great poem, begins and ends with love. A love song to the earth and to silence.

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* Sunprincess * 18 March 2014

........a poem written of a special see animals living in the mountains is see animals living in the zoo not so special...

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